Access Today, Summer 1999
to Team with the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
The NCA is entering into a contractual relationship with the University of
Illinois-Chicago to partner with the National Center on Physical
Activity and Disability. UIC has just received a four year grant
from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta to develop a center
that will provide a comprehensive database and resource for all
aspects of physical activity and disability.
The project is collaborating with disability organizations throughout
the country to collect and disseminate information to researchers,
practitioners, consumers, family members, and the public. This will
include establishing a massive database of both published and unpublished
material. NCA will be the primary subcontractor in the area of recreation
and parks, while the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago will provide
a similar role in the areas of sports and physical activity related
to disability. The Center will have an extensive web-based information
system and will conduct training and provide consultation nationwide.
This partnership will provide funding for NCA to employ additional
staff in order to carry out the objectives of the project.
For more information contact either Gary Robb or Todd Paxton at
the NCA. They can be reached at 765-349-9240.
Access to GOLF Symposium
July 21, 1999
Braemar Golf Course
The National Center on Accessibility and the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation
Institute are co-sponsoring an educational symposium designed for
golf pros and health care professionals. The purpose of the symposium
is to provide instruction, equipment resources and experience for
professionals in order to increase awareness of current issues and
innovations for providing access to golfers with disabilities. The
symposium will run from 8:30am to 4:30pm and cover the following:
- Techniques and strategies for instructing golfers with physical disabilities
- Experience adaptive techniques and interact with golfers with
- Become familiar with design and equipment advances and community
resources for program development
- Increase awareness of disabilities
- Learn about current legal guidelines for course design, facility
planning and policy development
- Understand issues in providing access, USGA rules, etiquette
and pace of play.
Cost : $20.00 for PGA Apprentice and Students
$30.00 for PGA Members and Health Care
$10.00 for ATRA CEUs
Lunch is included in the cost.
Please call Susan Hagel at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
for more information or to register for the symposium please call
612-863-5712 or email: email@example.com
New Staff at NCA
The National Center on Accessibility is pleased to welcome two new staff
Cameron is very familiar with Bradford Woods, the property on which the NCA
is located, as he spent his internship here in 1994. Cameron went
on to obtain his Masters Degree in Forestry from Southern Illinois
University and now joins the NCA as the Accessibility Specialist.
Cameron will be working closely with Ray Bloomer, Technical Assistance
Director of the NCA, in responding to questions and problems with
accessibility. Cameron will also be working with the National Center
on Physical Activity and Disability Project.
Deb returns to the NCA from Indiana University, where she is a doctoral candidate
and part-time lecturer. Deb will be the Information Specialist for
the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability project.
Debs research interests are therapeutic recreation, multicultural
education and disability studies. In her free time Deb spends time
with her three year old daughter and one year old son. Deb
will also be actively involved in the National Center on Physical
Activity and Disability.
in Final Stages of Completing USGA Funded Project
The National Center on Accessibility is completing the data analysis of a
project funded by the USGA to determine the status of golfers with
disabilities in the game of golf. During January-March of 1999,
45 personal interviews were conducted with golf course owners and
operators in Florida, South Carolina, Utah and Missouri. In addition,
telephone interviews were conducted with 18 organizations or individuals
providing instruction to golfers with disabilities and with 16 golfers
All interviews were structured to elicit responses relative to
the policies, perceptions and barriers that affect golfers with
disabilities being fully integrated into the game. Results of the
project will be available in late summer and will be distributed
to golf courses and programs around the country. Information requests
on this project should be directed to Gary Robb at the NCA, 765-349-9240.
The NCA provides information on accessibility related issues for people with
disabilities in the fields of parks, recreation, and tourism. The
NCA staff completed a preliminary accessibility assessment of the
Indianapolis Parks and Recreation Department in early 1999. Indy
Parks contracted with NCA to conduct physical and programmatic assessment
at several park facilities and to make recommendations on accessibility
improvements. Additionally, the report that was submitted to Indy
Parks provided recommendations on a process to follow to conduct
a comprehensive assessment of Indy Parks. Additionally, the report
that was submitted to Indy Parks provided recommendations on a process
to follow to conduct a comprehensive assessment of Indy Parks.
Boards Regulatory Negotiating Committee on Outdoor Developed Areas
goes into Overtime....
The regulatory negotiations on Outdoor Developed Areas, as reported in recent
issues of Access Today, will continue throughout the summer. The
Committee has yet to finish its work on standards related to trails
and therefore needed a second delay in presenting its recommendations
to the Access Board. The Committee will meet in final negotiated
sessions on July 15-16th with the recommendations now scheduled
to go to the Board in September. Stay tuned!
Dear Aunt Ada,
I work in a park that has a strictly enforced prohibition against
pets. Recently, an older visitor came into the park with his large
dog and a note from his physician which stated that the gentleman
had severe arthritis and that his "pet " was needed as
his service animal. Until we receive clarification, our staff has
assumed he was correct in claiming that he had the right to consider
his "pet" to be a service animal. Aunt Ada, we have several
questions. Do service animals have to be certified or registered
in some way? Does the training school or facility provide some identification?
What kind of behavior can be expected of the animal? Finally, can
we ask the visitor to prove they have a disability? Thanks for your
Dear Mr. Bassett,
Congratulations! You and your staff made the right decision to
wait on some clarification before acting. Under the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA), an animal only has to perform the assistance
needed by the individual with a disability in order to be a "service
animal." Although many training schools and facilities do have
some type of certification and identification which the user may
keep on his/her person, neither is required by the ADA. Most training
facilities for service animals will teach the animal how to behave
in public and around other animals. This may be a problem with some
animals that are not trained by professionals. If a service animal
is behaving in a disruptive manner, then steps may be taken to remove
the anima l. Otherwise, individuals with disabilities and their
service animals are allowed in all areas open to the public. Furthermore,
there is absolutely no requirement for a person to prove they have
For further information on this issue, contact the U.S. Department
of Justice ADA hotline at 800-514-0301 or visit their web site at
Training: Partners Program a Success
This past spring, the National Center on Accessibility partnered with the
Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks to provide an Accessibility Training
program to 300 of their employees. The program was provided f or
Park Rangers, Environmental Educators, Park Managers, Maintenance
Supervisors, Landscape Architects, Planners, and Engineers. The
training programs were held three different times, twice in State
College, PA and the final program in Johnstown, PA. By providing
multiple training programs we were able to reach a greater number
of employees and reduce training costs.
For further information on possible training partners programs
in your region, please contact the NCA 765-349-9240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Retrofitting for Accessibility
September 13-16, 1999
Join the National Center on Accessibility in Gatlinburg, TN in
the heart of the Smoky Mountains for the Retrofitting for Accessibility
training program. This training program is filling quickly, so respond
as soon as you read this announcement. The is course is designed
to educate maintenance professionals, facility managers, site access
coordinators, and planners, on the barriers that can be eliminated
to promote full access to recreation facilities for people with
This course will begin the first day with the Disability Awareness
Prerequisite seminar on September 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This one-day course is mandatory for all participants who have not
attended a previous NCA training program or seminar. The 3 day Retrofitting
for Accessibilit y training program will be from 8:00 am to 5:00
pm each day until ending at 11:30 am on Thursday, September 16th.
Emphasis will include application of accessibility standards, safety
issues associated with accessibility, and ongoing facility maintenance
r equired to assure optimum access. Participants will learn how
to identify barriers and initiate appropriate solutions for facility
renovations beneficial to user groups of all abilities. On-site
facility and program access assessments will be included.
Clarion Inn & Suites
(800) 933-0777 or (423) 436-5656
Fax: (423) 436-0695
Hotel rate is $62
Registrations: Deadline to register is July 12, 1999. Late registrations
will be accepted as space allows. A $150 fee will be assessed for
all cancellations after July 13.
Class Size: 35 50
Tuition: $350.00 * $100.00 (Disability Awareness)
*NPS personnel should contact NCA for tuition and authorization
To ensure tax exempt status for your hotel charges please provide
proper government ID. Individual reservations are required. Please
indicate that you are with the NCA training program.
December 6-10, 1999
The National Center on Accessibility will be in Houston for the first week
of December for the Universal Design Training Program. This course
is ideal for designers, architects, engineers, and planners in park,
recreation, museum outdoor education, and historic environments.
The sessions will lead the participants through the needs of people
with disabilities and the Principles of Universal Design. The sessions
will address standards and proposed guidelines, issues unique to
park and recreation environments, and innovative methods to include
the widest spectrum of users. The main focus of the training program
will concentrate on interior and outdoor environmental design.
This course will begin with the Disability Awareness Prerequisite
Seminar on December 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This one-day
course is mandatory for all participants who have not attended a
previous NCA training program or seminar. The Universal Design training
program will run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day until ending at
11:30 am on Friday, December 10th.
Adams Mark Hotel, Houston
Hotel rate is $79.
Reservations: Deadline to register is November 5th. Late registrations
will be accepted as space allows. A $150 fee will be assessed for
all cancellations after November 8th.
Class Size: 45 - 60
Tuition: $500.00* $100.00 (Disability Awareness)
*NPS personnel should contact NCA for tuition and authorization
Distance Learning Program
In May, the National Center on Accessibility and the National Park Service
teamed up to create another successful distance learning program.
This years program was a different approach as the Field Accessib
ility Coordinators for Training (FACT) Program was established.
This program was created to identify distance learning techniques
that could be utilized to better advance the technical assistance
and employee development capabilities regarding accessibili ty within
the NPS. Approximately 15 individuals from a variety of regions
in the NPS were nominated and participated in the training program
to re-evaluate and re-energize the effort in addressing accessibility
for people with disabilities. Future distance learning programs
will consist of web-based learning, video conferencing, satellite,
or any combination of those efforts.
NEW COURSE TO BE OFFERED IN Y2K
The NCA has just received notification of funding from the National Park
Service to conduct another Distance Learning Program in the Year
2000. This program will focus on new accessibility standards for
recreation facilities and outdoor develop ed areas. Stay tuned to
upcoming issues of "Access Today" to learn about this
and other upcoming training programs.